‘Ka Hā ‘ō Ka ‘Āina

“The life breath of the land”

Malama Pono

“Protect Properly”

The garden, The purpose

‘Ka Hā ‘Ō Ka ‘Āina, the Life Breath of the land.

The name of the organization represents the connection the garden has to the plants and the land they have flourished on for thousands of years.  The mission of the non-profit is to help these plants thrive and remain connected to the land.
Due to human intervention, climate change and development far too many endemic Hawaiian plants have become extinct. Cultivation of the rare plants will keep them around for future generations to enjoy. It is important to educate the youth of Hawaii about these plants as the stories of the native plants and native people of Hawaii are inexorably intertwined.


While the Hawaiian islands only account for 0.2 percent of the United States land mass, Hawaii accounts for around 75% of the entire country’s known plant and animal extinctions.

‘Ka Hā ‘Ō Ka ‘Āina is committed to preserving the indigenous and endemic plants of Hawaii.  The grim statistics speak volumes about how many plants have already been lost.  Through seed retention, propagation and soil building ‘Ka Hā ‘Ō Ka ‘Āina is committed to lessening the extinction rate of native Hawaiian plants. Education along with public and private collaboration with knowledgeable persons provides new information on all aspects of Hawaiian plants.

Propagation alone is not enough.  The public needs to be educated so they may learn the value of these plants.  We believe that such dramatic loss requires immediate action.  This includes reforestation projects, community outreach and education.
These plants are too valuable ecologically and culturally to risk losing yet another species.

Number of Hawaiian plant taxa listed as Endangered or Threatened by Federal and State governments

number of Hawaiian plants with 50 or fewer individuals remaining in the wild.


We strongly believe that real change comes only through collaboration with members of the community.  Kohala elementary school, Waimea Outdoor Circle, Hualalai Academy and the Bishop Museum are a few of the organizations where plants have been donated.  The Waimea Outdoor Circle has a plant sale annually which we attend.  Interactions with participants provides education an exchange of information.